This delicious Healthy Protein Packed Hot Chocolate (or Hot Pro-Coa as I would call it) is made with minimal ingredients and is the perfect go-to drink in the morning, afternoon, or night!
What You Need To Make Hot Pro-Coa
Cocoa powder (or Cacao powder for vegan)
Vegan protein of choice (vanilla or chocolate) (I used Orgain Chocolate peanut butter)
Non-dairy milk of choice
The Key To Making The Perfect Healthy Dairy Free Protein Hot Chocolate
In order to create the perfect texture that results in no clumps in your hot chocolate I recommend adding all the ingredients in a blender bottle and giving it a good shake before pouring it into your favorite festive mug and heating it up in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
By doing this you will break apart most of the clumps that could occur.
Another option for those who have rather clumpy protein powders or cocoa is to sift the cocoa and the protein powder.
The Perfect Topping
After you’ve heated up your hot chocolate in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute I recommend pairing it with your favorite dairy free whipped cream and adding a dash of cinnamon on the top (for taste and esthetic of course)!
Now that your Healthy Protein Hot Cocoa is ready you can turn on your favorite holiday movie, slip into your comfiest jammies and enjoy!
The simplest and healthiest protein hot cocoa you’ll ever make! Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!
1/2 Tbsp Cocoa or Cacao powder ( I recommend increasing this to 1 TBSP if you use vanilla protein powder)
2 TBSP Vanilla or chocolate vegan protein powder (I used Orgain chocolate peanut butter)
2 tsp. cane sugar
1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
dash of sea salt (very small amount)
dash of cinnamon
Add all ingredients into a blender bottle and give it a good shake until there are no clumps and all ingredients are combined. If you have clumpy cocoa/cacao powder or protein powder I recommend sifting it prior to adding it to the blender bottle. If you are not a fan of hies of cinnamon in your hot chocolate omit the dash of cinnamon. If you use a vanilla protein powder I recommend using 1 Tbsp of cocoa/cacao powder.
Pour the ingredients into your favorite festive mug and microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute. This time may vary depending on your microwave and the size of your mug.
Top with your favorite dairy free whipped cream and an additional decorative dash of cinnamon.
The protein powder you use may yield an alternate texture as all protein powders are not created equally.
Serving Size:1 Hot Cocoa W/o whipped cream
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Is it even Fall without Pumpkin Pancakes? These yummy gluten free and dairy free pancakes are spiked with the perfect amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice to create a beautiful flavor combination you’re taste buds will be thanking you for!
Here’s What You’ll Need For Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes:
All purpose gluten free flour ( I used King Arthur, if you use a different brand the texture may be affected as all brands are created differently).
Pumpkin pie spice
Non-dairy milk (or normal milk)
How To Make The Perfect Pumpkin Pancake:
The key to the perfect gluten free pumpkin pancake is using the best gluten free all purpose flour. I used King Arthur’s all purpose gluten free flour and had great success. Each gluten free flour is made differently so if you use an alternate flour you may yield a different result.
To make the perfect round pancake you will want to set your stovetop burner to 2 or low/medium heat. Before adding the batter though you will want to rub the pan with butter or spray. I recommend melting the butter called for in this recipe and leaving the remainder of the butter (that doesn’t easily pour into the bowl with the other wet ingredients) on the pan.
From there, using a 1/4 cup, scoop the batter from the bowl onto the pan and let the pancake batter spread over the pan. The pancakes will spread to a circular shape by doing this, but you can also use the 1/4 cup and move it in a circular motion on top of the batter to shape it into more of a circle.
It’s important to let the pancakes cook fully for 3-4 minutes on each side. You should see the tops puff up a bit and the edges get a bit darker.
These do not bubble as much as your typical buttermilk pancake but if you flip it every 3-4 minutes the pancakes should be fully cooked.
How Long can I Keep These?
These pancakes can be kept for a max of 2 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. I do not advise leaving them out at room temperature for a long period of time as these are best served warm when paired with maple syrup or honey.
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The simple Fall inspired gluten free fluffy pancakes you’ve been searching for!
4 TBSPs oat flour
3/4 cup King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour (leveled with a knife)
1 TBSP baking powder
2 TBSP cane sugar
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 large room temperature brown egg
2 TBSPs vegan butter
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and combine thoroughly. Feel free to add more pumpkin spice if you would like a stronger pumpkin flavor.
Combine all wet ingredients except for the butter in a medium-sized bowl.
Heat a skillet (of any size) over low to medium heat.
Melt the 2 TBSPs of butter in the pan watching it closely to make sure it doesn’t burn. it shouldn’t take very long. When done, add the butter with the other wet ingredients. Leave a little butter left on the skillet to act as the oil/spray for cooking the pancakes.
Add the wet to the dry and mix until there are no clumps in the batter and using a 1/4 cup scoop the batter onto the skillet and flip every 3-4 minutes. These will not bubble like buttermilk pancakes so watch them closely. They should puff up a bit and the edges should appear more stiff.
Continue this process until you get about 7-8 pancakes. Serve warm with honey or maple syrup and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a max of 2 days.
*All nutrition that has been calculated is an estimate.
No protein powder needed to make this delicious vegan and gluten free shake!
Whip This Tofu Shake Up In A Snap
For this recipe all you’ll do is throw the ingredients into a blender and let it blend for 30-45 seconds and BAM your Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Shake is ready!
Here’s What You’ll Need
Dairy free chocolate chips
Optional: vegan whipped cream
The Key To The Perfect Thick Shake
When it comes to creating a thick shake you’ll want to reduce the liquid and increase the ice. So, feel free to reduce the liquid the recipe calls for by 2 TBSP and increase the ice by a few ice cubes (don’t get carried away here as you will have a very icy shake if you add too many ice cubes) if you would like a very thick shake. The recipe creates a shake of average thickness, so please tweak this to your liking.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, I recommend increasing the liquid but maintaining the ice that the recipe calls for as it will keep the shake cooler longer.
Add all ingredients except fo the dairy free chocolate chips and coconut Reddi Whip into the bender and blend for 30-45 seconds. If you would prefer a very thick shake you may reduce the liquid by 2 TBSPs and add 1-2 more ice cubes.
Pour into one large cup (or 2) and top with dairy free whipped cream.
Cut the dairy free chocolate to a fine powder and sprinkle it over the whipped cream.
*Nutritional information has been roughly estimated and calculated without the optional toppings.
These Bacon Cheddar biscuits are also dairy free and are ready in less than 90 minutes (with rise time).
To Grandmother’s house we go…
To bring only the best biscuits! So, let’s get started!
I came across this recipe when looking for biscuits and tried a few, with many flopping, but when I came across Life After Wheat’s Gluten Free CloverLeaf Rolls I felt compelled to give them a try and luckily they turned out great!
For the second batch, I put my own spin on it, and made the recipe the one I have provided. To add a bit more of personal flair to the recipe I used dairy free whipped butter, dairy free cheddar cheese, and breakfast’s favorite friend bacon!
Which is a great flavor combo, but also a great 100% dairy free combo as well.
Here’s What You’ll Need
All purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour, I recommend this brand or King Arthur. If you use a different brand you may need to use more or less as every blend is different.)
1 large egg
Whipped Dairy free (or normal butter) + more for brushing
1/2 cup shredded dairy free cheese (I used Violife cheddar)
Feel free to throw on a red jacket or dress to channel pure Red Riding Hood vibes…I can guarantee you the biscuits will taste 20% better if you do!
Keep It SIMPLE
These biscuits are very easy to make, but can easily be made dry if you add too much flour. It’s important to add enough water to the dough to make the consistency a bit on the watery side. The image above shows what the dough should look like (consistency wise). As a reminder, if you use a different brand you may have to alter the amount of water you add.
If you’ve baked gluten free before, then you know the flour has a tendency to dry out very easily. That is why it’s important to add more water to anticipate the absorption of the moisture from both the water and the butter.
The Key To The Perfect Gluten Free Pull Apart Roll
When adding the dough to your muffin tin, roll the dough into any size you would like, just make sure it fits the muffin tin snugly with 3 rolls of dough in it. Mine were about 1-1/2 inches big.
I would recommend making the dough balls on the smaller side as you don’t want the dough excessively overflowing the muffin.
If you find your dough is hard to roll because it is sticky (it should be) I would recommend spraying non-stick spray on your hands or rubbing an oil of some sort to help you mold the dough.
Let These RISE
There isn’t much rise time needed for these, but it’s important to:
Mix the yeast with a bit of water (about 2 TBSPs) before adding it. This will make the yeast more effective at doing its job.
Cover them in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 25 minutes.
After The Gluten Free Bacon Cheddar Pull Apart Biscuits have completed their 25 minutes in the fridge to rise you may uncover them and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Allow the biscuits to cool for 15 minutes and then enjoy!
The easiest and simplest dairy free and gluten free biscuits that you’re grandma (and everyone else) will love!
1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour, I recommend this brand or King Arthur. If you use a different brand you may need to use more or less as every blend is different.)
1 Tbsp instant yeast + 2 TBSPs warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Heaping 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 large egg at room temp. You can also take an egg from the fridge and submerge it in warm water for a few minutes and this should do the trick.
Heaping 1/2 cup of melted whipped Dairy free (or normal butter) + more for brushing
1/2 cup shredded dairy free cheese (I used Violife cheddar) but feel free to use normal dairy cheese if you prefer
4–6 Slices of cooked bacon. This may vary as you and your guests may have a preference when it comes to bacon
Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. When done, set aside.
Mix the yeast with 2 TBSPs of warm water (key word here being warm) if you add hot water it will kill the yeast resulting in rise-less dough. Set aside for 5-8 minutes.
Add all dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, sugar, bacon, baking powder, salt) into a large bowl. When measuring a flour use a straight edge to ensure you are not adding too much flour.
Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. When done, let it cool for a few minutes until it is warm.
Add the rest of the water (1/2 cup) and mix it with the butter, yeast, and egg until it is combined.
Add the wet to the dry and mix until no flour pockets are visible. Your dough should be very sticky. if it is on the thicker side add a little more water.
Using your hands, roll the dough into a ball. Spray your hands with non-stick spray or cover them in oil to help the dough not stick to your hands. You should have three equal balls of dough fitting snug into each muffin tin. When done, you will have 9-10 muffin tins full depending on how big you made the dough balls.
With a small brush (pastry or rubber), spread the additional melted butter on the rolls. This will great flavor!
Once the dough is used up, wrap the tin with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 25-30 minutes. Be sure the plastic is tight enough to not let air out.
Once the dough has risen, bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes. The biscuits should be ready once they brown a tad and have no dough residue visible when pricking them with a toothpick.
Let the biscuits cool for at least 15 minutes and serve!
Move over chewy bars because these simple homemade granola bars are no-bake and taste divine!
It’s So Simple
It’s mind bottling to me how I haven’t made these gluten free granola bars sooner. The effort is minimal and best of all, it’s cheaper than your typical gluten free granola bars and is sweetened only with honey
Here’s What You Need To Make These Healthy Granola Bars
Gluten free oats
Dairy free chocolate chips
You will be putting all the ingredients except for the peanut butter and honey into one large bowl and combining the ingredients.
The only effort involved in this recipe is mixing the honey and peanut butter together in a small pot over low-medium heat.
After that, you’ll let the pot of honey and peanut butter cool for 5-8 minutes. You don’t want to melt the chocolate in the chocolate chips so the cool time is essential.
Once everything is combined, simply press the mixture into an 8×8 pan spread evenly using your hands or the back of a glass.
I find using a glass makes evening the mixture much easier than a spatula or your hands.
After pressing the mixture into the pan sprinkle a little extra sea salt and chocolate chips over the top and put in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
After that time, take it out of the freezer and let it sit for 5 minutes before cutting evenly into 10 bars.
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Simple 6 ingredient dairy free and gluten free granola bars that can be whipped up in minutes!
2 1/2 cups of oats
3 TBSPs – 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (I used dairy free)
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
6 TBSP peanut butter
1/3 cup + 1 TBSP honey
Start by putting all the ingredients except for the peanut butter and honey into one large bowl and combining the ingredients.
Combine the honey and peanut butter into a small pot over low-medium heat for a few minutes and stir until combined. When combined set aside and let cool for 5-8 minutes. Remember we don’t want the chocolate chips to melt so this step is highly recommended.
Add the peanut butter honey mixture to the bowl with the other ingredients and combine.
Press the mixture into an 8×8 pan. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips and sea salt on the top.
Store in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
Take out and let it sit for 5 minutes then cut into 10 equal bars.